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Short Biography

Elma Riza is a French-Tunisian artist. She studied at the Beaux-Arts de Nantes (2005-2007), then continued her studies at the School of Fine Arts in Berlin to graduate with honors in 2012.
She is a multidisciplinary artist, using video, photography, installation and performance.
Recently she was awarded a grant by the Stiftung Kunstfonds (2022). She exhibits mainly in Germany, France and Tunisia. And has had two solo exhibitions, one in Tunis in 2018 at La Boîte _ Un lieu d’Art contemporain and one in Berlin in 2020 at Galerie Weisser Elefant. She obtained for her video “When a Line goes for a Walk” the female voice award, during the Berlin Minute Festival in September 2022.

Her work is oriented around the notion of landscape. From an ecological, anthropological and poetic point of view.


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Elma Riza

Born in Les Lilas (Paris region) in 1986. Lives and works in Berlin since 2007.

  • Since 2020 she is part of the collectiv Les actionnaires
  • Since 2020 Second studio in the Uckermark (Pian – Fürstenberg/Havel).
  • Since 2019 she has her studio in Kunstquartier Bethanien Berlin (Achtung Studio K43)
  • 2019 -2020 Artist-member of the Frauen Museum Berlin
  • Since 2018 member of the BBK _ Berufsverband bildender Künstler*innen Berlin e.V.
  • Since 2018 she is artist member of La Boîte _ Un lieu d’art contemporain Tunis
  • Since 2015 she is artist member of the gallery asterisk * Berlin
  • 2014-2019 she has set up an experimental platform for interdisciplinary instant composition, “Imprévu Berlin”.
  • 2011-2014 she directed the KOLLEKTIVTRANSIT (Musiktheater & Tanztheater) with Benedikt Bindewald
  • 2007-2010 she created and managed with Olja Koslova the artist group ORT-Berlin & anderswo

STUDIES

  • 2012  Diploma with honors (equivalent to a master) from the Kunsthochschule higher education college in Berlin–KHB
  • 2008 – 2012 Kunsthochschule higher education college in Berlin
  • 2005 – 2007 Beaux-Arts higher education college in Nantes, France
  • 2004 – 2005 Beaux-Arts education college in Rueil Malmaison – Ile de France

EXHIBITIONS / FESTIVALS 2015/22 (selection)

2022

  • Group Exhibition “HAK Lab The nominees for the art award of the Haus am Kleistpark 2022 exhibit”, as part of the intervention galerie asterisk * by Christina Stark, Haus am Kleispark Berlin
  • Berlin Minute Festival at Lichtblick Kino Berlin
  • LAB with Les actionnaires in frame of Festival “Vakuum – gegen leeren Straßen”, Europacity Berlin
  • Group exhibition “Figur & Grund” / Video presentation at Kunstverein KunstHaus Potsdam
  • Group exhibition “Movement – Space and Boundaries” with Kuesti Fraun & Irina Novarese in the showcase of the Heinrich Böll Library. An exhibition curated by Vanessa Cardui / Kustraum Fuge part of the Art Spring Festival Berlin
  • LAB with Les actionnaires in frame of the exhibition “Sensing the city” at Zwitschermaschine Berlin

2021

  • „Von innen nach außen – Kunstfilme im Fenster“ / Kap.8 Münster
  • Performative installation “EXTENDED BLUE” with Mireia Argaones & Eric Wong at YOUKALI ganz.kultur Brandenburg
  • “Wandern – Bewegen – Vermessen – Verorten” an exhibition with the Frauen Museum Berlin at the Galerie Alte Brennerei – Kunstverein Ebersberg e.V
  • FRÜHJAHRPUTZMANIFEST, a duo exhibition with Laure Catugier at the ReTramp Gallery Berlin
  • PERFORMANCE ART FESTIVAL  with Les actionnaires  / Event organized by Gemelos2000 – Tempelhof Berlin
  • IMMER WENN ES DUNKEL WIRD, screening video with Les actionnaires at Gmünder Kunstverein, Schwäbisch Gmünd – Germany

2020

  • “How to make a bee-line”, duo exhibition & collaboration with Petra Gell / Galerie Philomena+ Wien
  • “Logique d’Espaces”, solo exhibition / galerie weisser elefant Berlin

2019

  • “Sculptures Filaires” site specific sculptures for the building of KILANI group Tunis
  • “Verschiebung der Räume”, duo exhibition with Aurélie Pertusot / Pavillon am Milchhof Berlin
  • “Tentatives à la Limite _ Yellow!” / BcmA Gallery Berlin / Performance Art Festival #4

2018

  • “Suivez la ligne” / Solo exhibition / La Boîte_un centre d’art contemporain Tunis
  • “Max Artists: 1 room 8 spaces” / Collective exhibition / Max Liebermann Haus Berlin
  • Überraschung #2! / Collective improvised exhibition / Kunstverein Neukölln
  • Les Recombinants / Foire internationale d´Art contemporain de Marseille
  • Species of Spaces – Golden Fragments / Collective exhibition / Luisa Catucci Gallery Berlin

2017

  • On a clear Day ? / Collective exhibition / Kunsthaus Essen
  • Lines_One day exhibition by Elma Riza / Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin
  • Draw to perform 3 – Symposium / Crows Nest Gallery, London
  • Perspectives – Raumenrkundung V, solo exhibition “site specific” / Kunstverein Neukölln, Berlin

2015-2016

  • Festival Improvisation Xchange / EDEN-Dock11, Berlin
  • Festival NAH DRAN /ada Studio Berlin
  • SPACE/TIME Festival  / Flutgraben Berlin
  • Festival “Les Spectacles Sauvages” / Le Regard du Cygne, Paris
  • „60 minutes evening“, event organized by Impro Per Arts. / Mime Centrum, Berlin
  • “Between the Lines”, performance exhibition, gallery asterisk * Berlin

RESIDENCIES 

  • 2022 – DiR Residency Brandenburg, Potsdam, Germany
  • 2022 – Dar Hi Nefta, Tunisia
  • 2020 – Philomena+ Wien, Austria
  • 2017 – Kunsthaus Essen, Germany
  • 2016 & 2017 – Nun Art  Barcelona, Spain
  • 2016 – TCRM-Blida Metz, France
  • 2014 – Atelier REAL Lisboa, Portugal

FELLOWSHIP

AWARD

  • Female voice award – Berlin Minute Festival, 2022

PUBLICATIONS

  • Logique d’Espaces, exhibition catalogue, galerie weisser elefant, 2020
  • REFLECTION, brochure exhibition, Milchhof Pavillon, 2020
  • From line to space_Elma Riza 2014-2019, Leaflet, self production, 2019
  • Max Artist in Residence, Project catalogue, Stiftung Brandenburger Tor Berlin, 2017/2018
  • De la ligne à l’espace_Elma Riza 2014-2018, leaflet, self production, 2018
  • Raumerkundung I-V, exhibition catalogue, Kunstverein Neukölln, 2017
  • On a clear Day?, exhibition catalogue, Kunsthaus Essen, 2017
  • Max Artist in Residence, project catalogue, Stiftung Brandenburger Tor Berlin, 2016/2017

VIDEOGRAPHY

  • 2022 “Aïn”, 13min23 // direction, editing
  • 2022 “GRUNDstück” 13min07 // A collaboration with Eva Burghardt and Susanne Soldan
  • 2021 “When a line goes for a walk”, 4min30 // Camera, direction, editing
  • 2021 “FRÜHJAHRPUTZMANIFEST”, 11min46 // A collaboration with Laure Catugier
  • 2020 “La Traversée”, Video, 6min // Camera, direction, editing
  • 2020 “How to make a bee-line”, Video, 9min32 // Camera, direction, editing // Galerie Philomena+, Vienna
  • 2020 “Golden Fragments”, Video, 12min16 // Director, Editor // galerie weisser elefant Berlin
  • 2019 “Vue du ciel”, video installation, 9min35 // // Camera, direction, editing
  • 2015 “Playground”, video, 15min.16 // director, editor // Xchange Festival Berlin
  • 2015 “Between The Lines #5”, video, 13min07 // director, camera, editing // Xchange Festival Berlin
  • 2014 “The Living Library”, experimental fiction, 5min14 / direction, camera, editing // Ponderosa
  • 2014 “L’île Saturne_La chute de Téphras”, music dance advisor film (silent film with live music), Kollektivtransit Berlin, 53min35 // director, camera, editing // Tatwerk Berlin
  • 2012 “Two days before night”, experimental fiction, diploma project, 25min50 // director, camera, editing
  • 2012 “Grüne Stücke”, experimental fiction, 9min10 // director, camera, editing // Tatwerk Berlin
  • 2011 “Once Upon a Time in the Blue East”, experimental fiction, 9min48 // director, camera, editing // 48 Stunden Neukölln
  • 2010 “Des champs vides”, experimental fiction, 2min.59 // director, camera, editing // apartment exhibition Florence, Italy
  • 2009 “Présences”, experimental fiction, 1min03 // director, camera, editing // 48 hours Neukölln
  • 2008 “Further than all similar places”, experimental fiction, 5min37 // Director, Camera, Editing // Gallery La traverse Marseille, France
  • 2010 “Couleurs d’une ville”, experimental fiction, 3min21 // director, camera, editing // 48 Stunden Neukölln
  • 2007 “Aniba_Acte V”, experimental fiction, 3min51 // director, camera, editing // ACUD Gallery Berlin
  • 2006 “Week-End”, experimental fiction, 3min55 // director, editor
  • 2005 “L’Opéra des quat’fous”, experimental fiction, 10min22 // director, camera, editor

WORKSHOPS – LAB (selection)

  • Workshops for children “Labyrinth & Imaginäre Räume” & “Vom Blatt Papier zur Raum_Imaginäre Landschaft” / Young Arts Neukölln / 2020
  • Workshop “Composer dans l’espace” with the employees of the company TERIAK Laboratories Tunisia / 2019
  • Workshop “Initiation to abstraction, composition & Improvisation” with the students of the International Scholl of Düsseldorf / 2019
  • Art workshops for primary schools / Young Arts Neukölln / 2019
  • 2019-2020 Bauhaus RaumLabor / Jugend im Museum e.V. (Workshops in Kitas / Co-project Leitung) / 2019
  • Experiment Raum für Kinder & Eltern / every month in Kunstquartier Bethanien / 2019
  • Workshop “Dessiner dans l’espace” with the employees of the company KILANI Group Tunis / 2018
  • Atelier Lab – “When Visuel Art meet Instant Composition”/ Elma Riza’s Atelier & Kunstquartier Bethanien / 2017-2020
  • Workshop “Performativ Prozess – Space/Object and Body” with the students of the Duisburg-Essen University in Kunsthaus Essen / 2017
  • ZOOM LABOR with Elma Riza – “Performance-Installation” workshops Serie / Mime Centrum Berlin / 2015-17